Wallace and Edith Haws were called by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve as Humanitarian/Welfare Specialists in the Dominican republic. This blogsite is dedicated to our family and friends who want to follow our adventure.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
130721 ECOLOGICAL WONDER
We visited what is supposed to be
one of the 10 best ecological destinations of the World (self-proclaimed) this
week located in Sabana de La Mar on the north shore of the island.But first a little background-----
SABANA DE LA MAR Sabana de la Mar is a relatively
small fishing town sitting on the north shore of the island.It would be a decent tourist attraction if
they could clean up the beach and get a decent hotel.
The bottle made it without the message
Gran Aparta Hotel La Bahia
We stayed Thursday night in the
Gran Aparta Hotel de Bahia in Sabana de la Mar.It was a 1 star- 3 story building.(no toilet seats, shower consisting of a pipe coming out of the wall
with cold water only, 1 sheet on the lumpy mattress and one sheet to pull over
you, water dripping from the ceiling light bulb, 3 different floor levels
inside the rooms to trip you if you aren’t alert, power black outs, an air
conditioner of marginal service, the sound of generators and motos during the
night, etc).It was a fun place to spend
The “Pollera Mi Papa” was across
the street from the hotel.The owner
receives about 300 live chickens in the evening and by the end of the next day
the chickens have been killed, plucked and sold and the pens made ready for the
Wallace ready to make a chicken run
HOSPITAL SABANA DE LA MAR
Our primary purpose for coming to Sabana de La Mar was to visit the hospital and respond to their request for help.
Dr. Walker examining the surgery room
When you come to the hospital,
you bring your own food and bedding.We
didn’t see anything that a hospital was equipped to do except give you I.V. and
hope for a better day.We will be
purchasing some things the hospital needs.
ONE OF THE BEST ECOLOGICAL ATTRACTIONS IN THE WORLD
Who named this as the best
ecological attraction in the world hasn’t visited very many places, but without
debating the point, our first step was to meet the “guide” the Sabana de la Mar
branch president had arranged for us.
Pepino (the "Guide") & his wife and Wallace & Edith
Ray & Jill Johnson; Jill Dunford; Wallace & Edith Haws; Tim and Marsha Walker; Vickie & Chuck Rucker; Pepina, wife, daughter in law and grandchildren
After what seemed like endless
negotiations and changing of story and wading through some pretty deep sob
stories, we finally arrived at a price and went on the tour.Of course by the end of the day, Pepino who
was supposed to be a “good deal” arranged by the Branch President had taken us
for about the same amount of money we had paid when we went to the north shore
and took the same trip with Wesley and Sheredith in December that included a
stop at a resort beach and a barbecue lunch.But oh well, we supported the local economy.
Wallace & Edith; Jill & Rob Dunford, Vickie & Chuck Rucker; Tim & Marsha Walker, Ray & Jill Johnson
Wallace found another carving of one of his ancestors
Remains of an abandoned pier
the boat ride into the Haitises Park, our “guide” took us to the Paraiso Cano
Hotel where we were supposed to get a good deal on the meal.As it turned out, we paid the full price of
the meal plus an entrance fee and the guide got the tip under the table.We waited 2 hours for our meal that consisted
of the chickens we had seen killed in the morning and had laid on the kitchen
counter until the afternoon until we arrived.
hotel is in a beautiful setting with streams and swimming holes everywhere.
Wallace pretending to put the last stone on one of his famous stood pillars
Wallace celebrating his 65th with an auyama pie and ice cream